Reference Code: GAA/Broad/P1
Title: Mick Dunne Collection
Covering Dates: 1951-2002
Level of Description: Collection Level
Extent: c. 73 volumes
“Mick Dunne’s most frequently mentioned strengths as a reporter were his reliability, accuracy and dogged sense of fairness and impartiality"
(Irish Times, 17 August 2002)
Mick Dunne was born in Clonaslee, Laois on the 27th of May 1929 to Frank and Agnes (nee Foley) Dunne. Educated at Knockbeg College, Carlow, Dunne joined The Irish Press in 1947 as a librarian. After a short period in the library Dunne commenced reporting for The Irish Press; by 1950 he was mainly reporting on Gaelic Games under the tutelage of Paddy Purcell. In 1957 Dunne became the Gaelic Games correspondent for The Irish Press.
In 1970 Dunne moved from the print media to broadcasting when Micheal O’Hehir, Head of R.T.E.’S Sports Department, convinced him to join Radio Telefis Eireann (R.T.E.). As R.T.É.'s first GAA correspondent, he was a presenter, reporter and commentator on football, hurling and handball, with a reputation for being a meticulous record-keeper of the games he covered.
Mick Dunne passed away in August 2002. In 2007 the inaugural ‘R.T.É. Mick Dunne Memorial Awards’ was launched, which, in conjunction with the ‘Camogie Association Media Awards’ acknowledge the invaluable contribution of national and regional media and volunteers towards the promotion of the Camogie Association.
Content and Structure
Scope and Content
Collection consists of a number of newspaper reports, in bound volumes, on the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships (1951-2001); the National Football League and National Hurling League (1950-2002); a series of GAA Annual Reports (1951-2002); a series of Handball Annual Reports (1974-2002); a series of Official GAA Annuals (1938-1951) and a series of Carberry’s Annuals (1946-1964)
Conditions of Access and Use
Conditions governing access: Access is strictly by appointment only using the
provided application form.
Finding Aid: Collection Level Description